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Bentley University

Waltham, MA 4-Year Private

About Bentley University

Bentley University is a private, nonprofit school located in the suburban setting of Waltham, MA, less than an hour from Boston.

Founded in 1917, Bentley University currently enrolls around 5,177 students a year, including 4,061 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Bentley University's endowment was valued at $263,227,000 in 2021. For each full-time student, Bentley University spends about $14,604.

Admissions Facts About Bentley University

Acceptance rate: 58%

Mean ACT score: 28

Mean SAT score: 1276

Early Decision or Early Action: Yes/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: January 7

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: March 31

Bentley University Acceptance Rate

Admission to Bentley University is very difficult. The acceptance rate at Bentley University is 58 percent.

The mean SAT scores for students who get into Bentley University is 1276. The mean ACT scores is 28.

In 2021, 1,008 applicants were waitlisted and 34 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Bentley University a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 978 students who started at Bentley University as first-time freshman, 826 graduate within four years.

Bentley University's six-year graduation for undergrads is 90 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 81 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $61,793 a year. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $34,211 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Bentley University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Bentley University a good school for YOU?

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January 31 is the final deadline to submit an application for next Fall. All applicants will be notified by March 31.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. Or, visit the College Confidential forums to join the conversation about Bentley University and get personalized recommendations for more schools that might be a good fit for you.

College Info

175 Forest Street Waltham, MA 02452-4705

Campus Setting: Suburban

Bentley University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 7

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Bentley University is Jan 7.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Bentley University is Apr 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Bentley University ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


27 to 31


27 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Bentley University is 29. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into Bentley University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 27 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 27 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Bentley University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1250 - 1390


Math SAT Range

630 - 730


Reading SAT Range

600 - 680

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1390 and Above


1250 to 1390


1250 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Bentley University students is 1316. Applicants with SAT scores of 1390 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Bentley University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1250 to 1390 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1250 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Bentley University.

Bentley University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Bentley University is like? There are approximately 5,314 students enrolled at Bentley University, including 4,228 undergraduate students and 1,086 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 42% percent are from MA and 58% percent of students are from other states.


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